Remembering Ricci and the Church in China

‘Ricci Remembered - The Church in China Today’ is the title of a conference taking place on Saturday 8 May in Dublin, to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of  Matteo Ricci in Beijing, in 1610. Ricci was a Jesuit scientist and missionary to China and a pioneer for the Church reaching out to other cultures.


Beyond the Boundaries


Today we celebrate St Patrick's Day, and with it our ties as Australians and Catholics to Ireland. St Patrick, of course, is one of many saints whose memory is honoured in the Australian Church. Other saints that we honour include the many Italian regional saints, the Vietnamese martyrs, and of course Mary MacKillop.

Award of Honorary Degree

Fr. Cecil McGarry SJ awarded a posthumous Honorary Degree.

On the occasion of the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, in his capacity as Jesuit Provincial of Eastern Africa, Fr. Orobator received from the hands of the university's Chancellor the diploma attesting the Doctoris Honoris Causa granted posthumously to Fr. Cecil Mc Garry, in recognition of all of his many services given to AMECEA, the Catholic Church in Kenya and the university, since its very beginning in 1984.

Who was Matteo Ricci?

Matteo Ricci was an Italian Jesuit priest, born in 1552. He was one of the founding members of the Jesuit Mission to China in 1582.  He is described by Pope Benedict as a Jesuit who was “gifted with profound faith and extraordinary cultural and academic genius".

The Role of Faith in Development Work

The role of faith-based organizations(FBOs) in development is frequently controversial in secular development organizations but both parties in the field want essentially the same thing – equity in the world and justice for the poor.

Address given by Fr. John K. Guiney SJ at the Faith in Development Conference, All Hallows College, Dublin, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Volunteer Missionary Movement (VMM), Ireland.

The role of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in development is frequently controversial in secular development organizations. Both parties in the field are often hypercritical of one another, maintaining the higher moral ground rather than sharing the common ground of their work. It is vitally important that the dialogue continues since both groups want essentially the same thing – equity in the world and justice for the poor.

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